To most eyes, this Austin 6 cwt van looks remarkably like a Morris 1000. In what must be the most overt piece of badge engineering to take place at BLMC, the Morris simply had its badges changed and the straight bar grille replaced by a wavy 'Austin' version.
This fact however cannot detract from the brilliance of the original design and even as late as 1969 when this one was produced, it was still a popular commercial vehicle. Morris Minor pick-ups and vans are relatively rare due to the hard-graft they were subjected to, so this re-badged Austin version is even more so.
Purchased by the vendor’s late husband in 2015, it has had a fair amount of expenditure over the last few years. The most obvious deviation from original is its distinctive paint scheme - not perhaps to everyone’s taste, but it certainly stands out which is maybe the point – it would make an excellent promotional vehicle.
Other than the paintwork, the vendor fitted a new screen and seals, new quarter lights, glovebox trim and fittings. A brake servo was added in 2016 and a new indicator switch and tank sender unit were also fitted. It has covered very few miles between recent MOTs, its current test expiring in June 2019 although it is of course exempt from such things.
The paperwork includes a current V5C and we would like to point out that it is a genuine factory supplied van, and not a traveller with a replacement glass fibre rear.
With prices of good vans well exceeding five figures these days, this looks excellent value and will certainly ensure its new owner stands out from the crowd.
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